- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Feminist fear

“To call princesses a ‘trend’ among girls is like calling Harry Potter a book. Sales at Disney Consumer Products, which started the craze six years ago by packaging nine of its female characters under one royal rubric, have shot up to $3 billion, globally, this year, from $300 million in 2001. There are now more than 25,000 Disney Princess items. ‘Princess’ … is not only the fastest-growing brand the company has ever created; they say it is on its way to becoming the largest girls’ franchise on the planet. …

“As a feminist mother I have been taken by surprise by the princess craze and the girlie-girl culture that has risen around it. … I watch my fellow mothers, women who once swore they’d never be dependent on a man, smile indulgently at daughters who warble ‘So This Is Love’ or insist on being called Snow White. I wonder if they’d concede so readily to sons who begged for combat fatigues and mock AK-47s.”

— Peggy Orenstein, writing on “What’s wrong with Cinderella?” Sunday in the New York Times Magazine

French farce

“As I write, it is exactly a year since the desolate banlieues of France erupted in an orgy of violence, on a scale which had not been seen for generations. At the time, these riots were blamed on social exclusion. Since then, it has become clear that the rioters are not just ‘immigrants’ or ‘youths,’ but are first and foremost Muslims. When they set light to a car, their cry is often: ‘Allahu akhbar!’ …

“The violence, moreover, is endemic and ubiquitous. In 2005, there were 110,000 incidents of urban violence, including 45,000 vehicles burnt out. Since the riots supposedly subsided last January, some 3,000 police officers are reported to have been injured. France is quite deliberately being made ungovernable.

“This ‘French intifada’ was merely the culmination of a process that has turned many suburbs into no-go areas for the police and increasingly for non-Muslims too. In particular, the Islamist rabble-rousers who are behind the insurgency have incited their followers to attack Jews, who are now outnumbered by Muslims in France by at least 10 to one.”

— Daniel Johnson, writing on “J’Accuse,” in the December-January issue of Literary Review

U.N. ‘Beast’

“For most Americans, there is probably no subject that can elicit as many yawns as the United Nations. The world body seems distant from everyday life in America, its globalist schemes dismissed by most Americans — who have other pressing things to worry about — as little more than the daydreams and delusions of Marxist malcontents, green eco-nuts, and tin-pot dictators.

“Unfortunately, while most Americans go about their lives, the schemers on the East River have patiently built an organization that looks more and more like a world government. … The danger has not been lost on author Nathan Tabor. ‘I am persuaded,’ he writes, ‘that the totalitarian global agenda that the U.N. seeks to advance is inherently evil.’ That conclusion has led to a book, ‘The Beast on the East River,’ written by Tabor, that should play an important role in alerting Americans to the U.N.’s dangerous designs.”

— Dennis Behreandt, writing on “Stalking the Beast,” in the Dec. 11 issue of the New American

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